Published January 07, 2011
WASHINGTON – Rashard Lewis had 16 points and a season-high 13 rebounds Friday night, and the Washington Wizards raced out to an early 18-point lead before cruising to a 97-77 victory over the New Jersey Nets.
The Wizards built a 21-3 lead in the first eight minutes and faced little resistance from the cold-shooting Nets the rest of the way in snapping a three-game skid. Lewis hit all three of his 3-pointers in the first quarter to spark the Wizards.
Nick Young scored 16 points, JaVale McGee had 15 points and Andray Blatche added 14 points for the Wizards.
Washington is 0-17 away from the Verizon Center, but improved to 9-8 with Friday's win. None of the Wizards' victories have come against a team with a winning record.
New Jersey is now 3-17 away from home, and has dropped its last five road contests and six of seven overall.
Devin Harris and Sasha Vujacic combined to shoot 2 for 21 as the Nets hit on just 35 percent from the floor. Brook Lopez and Jordan Farmer each had 14 to lead New Jersey.
Nothing went right for the Nets in the first eight minutes of the game, as they shot a 1 of 13 to allow Washington to build a huge lead.
After Brook Lopez's jumper made it 7-3 with 8:09 remaining, the Nets went scoreless for the next 4:14. During that span, the Wizards went on a 14-0 run, keyed by three consecutive 3-pointers by Lewis and another 3 from Young.
John Wall had as many assists — five — as the Nets had field goals in the first quarter. He spent most of the second period on the bench, although he did contribute a beautiful alley-oop pass to McGee for a thunderous dunk.
Faced with digging out of the first-quarter hole, New Jersey settled for firing 3s for most of the half, and the Wizards took advantage of quick Nets possessions to build a 22-point lead in the second quarter.
Notes: Wizards swingman Josh Howard missed the game after aggravating his left knee in Wednesday's loss at Philadelphia. Howard will be re-evaluated on Monday. "We don't want to take any chances," Washington coach Flip Saunders said. ... Nets F Kris Humphries scored eight points and had eight rebounds after injuring his thigh against Chicago on Wednesday and missing practice Thursday. "He's a tough guy. He bounces back really fast," New Jersey coach Avery Johnson said. ... The Wizards unveiled a new trophy case on the main concourse of the Verizon Center, featuring a refurbished Tiffany & Co. trophy celebrating the 1978 NBA Championship won by the Washington Bullets.